When Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel benched his starters for the entire game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, it meant extended playing time for the team’s reserves.
Chris Copeland made sure to take advantage.
Copeland scored a season-high 18 points and made a difficult driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining, giving the Pacers a hard-fought 104-102 that moved them back into first place in the Eastern Conference.
”It’s big for our confidence, the second unit,” said Copeland, who came in averaging three points. ”Just to get the opportunity out there. A lot of us have been waiting for that all year. So it was very cool for us to get out there and get a win and show the starters that we’ve got their backs when they need rest.” Associated Press
Footage of the Pacers trying to rest their starters for the remainder of the regular season:
And now they are back in the one seed after the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Miami Heat.
So much for that plan. – AL
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